There have been a lot of responses to COVID-19. Those responses have been a mix of positive and negative. Now we can add artfully functional to that list. The Living Future art installation is “a concept of sustainable public space designed to provide clean water for public hand washing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent viruses.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that many urban centres are not ready to confront such issues and often fail to provide their citizens with safe public spaces living up to rigorous hygienic standards,” says architectural designer Chloe Rokelle Sun. “Living Future is a multifunctional installation destined to help mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 and other subsequent viruses, representing a shift in public health that needs to be made.”
With over 55 per cent of the world’s population living in urban areas, installations like Living Future could make all the difference in mitigating the spread of current and future viruses. Living Future is a “Living Machine” that serves the purpose of providing clean water for public hand washing. It accomplishes this purpose with reflective vessels that act as holders for various plants. These plants filter the ecosystem. A greywater filtration system reclaims the water used for handwashing and then feeds that water to the plants in the structure. The structure also features LED panels, providing illumination at night. Combined with the reflective facades that provide light during the day, the LED panels will help remind people to wash their hands.
Changes will need to be made in our world as we face the current pandemic and the possibility of future pandemics. Installations like Living Future, with its public handwashing stations done in a beautiful and uplifting design, can help us transition to a better approach that can help prevent problems.